6 Patriots Cap Casualty Cuts to Save Millions This Offseason

The New England Patriots have cap space this offseason but could clear millions more with these 6 moves
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3. Deatrich Wise, DE

Pre-June 1 Savings: $5.441 Million
Pre-June 1 Dead Money: $2.2 million
Post-June 1 Savings: $5.441 Million
Post-June 1 Dead Money: $2.2 million

During the 2023 season, Deatrich Wise was a player that many believed could be on the trade block for New England. A fourth-round pick out of Arkansas in 2017, Wise has spent his entire career in New England and has been a very good, and very underrated, player.

He has 56 starts in 111 appearances and offers up a powerful presence on the edge at 6-foot-5 and 280 pounds. Wise has been a regular starter over the past two seasons and has 113 tackles and 12 sacks in that span.

Now entering the final year of his four-year, $22 million extension, there’s a chance Wise could be replaced. New England drafted Keion White out of Georgia Tech in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft as the heir to Wise. He offers similar size at 6-foot-5 and 290 pounds and started to come on strong as their season went along.

Moving on from Wise would save the Patriots $5.4 million and while they would take a hit of $2.2 million in dead money, that could be a favorable trade-off for them. Especially with someone already available to take over his spot.